The Resource The men who lost America : British leadership, the American Revolution, and the fate of the empire, Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy

The men who lost America : British leadership, the American Revolution, and the fate of the empire, Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy

Label
The men who lost America : British leadership, the American Revolution, and the fate of the empire
Title
The men who lost America
Title remainder
British leadership, the American Revolution, and the fate of the empire
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The loss of America was a stunning and unexpected defeat for the powerful British Empire. Common wisdom has held that incompetent military commanders and political leaders in Britain must have been to blame, but were they? This intriguing book makes a different argument. Weaving together the personal stories of ten prominent men who directed the British dimension of the war, historian Andrew O'Shaughnessy dispels the incompetence myth and uncovers the real reasons that rebellious colonials were able to achieve their surprising victory. In interlinked biographical chapters, the author follows the course of the war from the perspectives of King George III, Prime Minister Lord North, military leaders including General Burgoyne, the Earl of Sandwich, and others who, for the most part, led ably and even brilliantly. Victories were frequent, and in fact the British conquered every American city at some stage of the Revolutionary War. Yet roiling political complexities at home, combined with the fervency of the fighting Americans, proved fatal to the British war effort. The book concludes with a penetrating assessment of the years after Yorktown, when the British achieved victories against the French and Spanish, thereby keeping intact what remained of the British Empire"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
973.3/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E267
LC item number
.O75 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history
Label
The men who lost America : British leadership, the American Revolution, and the fate of the empire, Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "The Achilles of the American war": Lord George Germain
  • pt. III.
  • Victory and defeat in the south (1778-1781).
  • "The scapegoat": Sir Henry Clinton
  • "Bagging the fox": Charles, Earl Cornwallis
  • pt. IV.
  • Victory against France and Spain (1782).
  • "Saint George": Sir George Rodney
  • "Jemmy Twitcher": The Earl of Sandwich
  • pt. I.
  • The view from London.
  • "The tyrant": George III
  • The prime minister: Lord North
  • pt. II.
  • Victory and defeat in the north (1776-1778).
  • The peace commissioners?: the Howe brothers
  • "The old gamester": John Burgoyne
Control code
ocn849493511
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 466 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300195248
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
97fd2e12-3955-4120-8630-305cd8610c4c
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36536702
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)849493511
  • acaebk0300195249

Library Locations

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      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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